President Donald Trump announced he will be visiting Tennessee after tornadoes ripped across the state, including Nashville, early on Tuesday morning, leaving nearly two-dozen people dead and flattening about 40 buildings.
“Prayers for all of those affected by the devastating tornadoes in Tennessee. We will continue to monitor the developments. The Federal Government is with you all of the way during this difficult time,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Later on Tuesday, the president told a crowd that he is planning to visit the state on Friday, adding that FEMA officials are already on the ground in Tennessee.
“Our hearts are full of sorrow,” Trump said, “for the lives that were lost” in the tornadoes. “They are vicious. If youre in their path, bad things happen,” he said.
State officials told news outlets on Tuesday morning that at least 19 people have been killed during the tornadoes, raising the death toll from earlier in the day. Hours later, a Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said in a release that 22 people died in the twister outbreak.
“Last night was a reminder about how fragile life is,” said Nashville Mayor John Cooper during a Tuesday morning news conference. The states emergency management agency also declared a state of emergency in the wake of the deaths and destruction.
Gov. Bill Lee, in a Tuesday press conference, said that the state “will expand that response as the day unfolds,” confirming that a state of emergency was activated. “Dont go near where the damage is. You dont need to go there,” Lee said, adding that he is aware of reports that a number of people are still missing.
The tornadoes were spawned as part of a line of storms and severe weather that stretched from the southern United States to Pennsylvania, according to maps provided by the National Weather Service.
Local and state officials told Fox that tornadoes slammed into several areas around Nashville, including Putnam County, Wilson County, Benton County, and Davidson County.
Metro Nashville Public Schools announced that schools will be closed down on Tuesday due to the damage. Wilson County schools also announcedRead More – Source